Eden At Home

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Several years ago, we began to notice that more and more people were asking what The Eden Alternative could offer people living in the larger community. Given the growing aging population and consumer preference to receive care in the home, we recognized a powerful need for creative grassroots solutions at the community level.

Eden at Home applies the power of the Eden Alternative’s Ten Principles to improving quality of life for Elder(s) living at home and their care partners. By our definition, care partners include family, friends, neighbors, volunteers, home health professionals, and the Elders themselves. Eden at Home promotes a culture of meaningful care in our communities that does not see the needs of caregivers as separate from the needs of care receivers, but rather advocates for the well-being of the whole care partnership. Working together, empowered care partner teams help to ensure the independence, dignity, and continued growth and development of all involved by eliminating loneliness, helplessness, and boredom for all care partners on the team.

Certified Eden at Home Associate Training conveys the nuts and bolts of translating the Eden Alternative Principles to home and community-based care, which may include non-profit, faith-based, or home care/home health organizations, adult day services, hospice, and independent living communities. Certified Eden at Home Associates function primarily as change agents within their organizations and are also empowered as facilitators of Eden at Home Care Partner Workshops. Designed to bring different stakeholders together within a single learning environment, Care Partner Workshops help create a shared language for all members of the care partner team.

Other community-based initiatives from The Eden Alternative include two intergenerational offerings: Embracing Elderhood and Eden Apprentice Training.  Both help create communities that are prepared to honor and benefit from the unique gifts that Elders have to offer. Teaching people of different ages about person-directed practices plays a crucial role in shifting the culture of care and societal perspectives on aging and living with different abilities.